Resilience and Adaptation Key Topics in 2013 Conferences

Webinars Also Provide Sustainability Education

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Posted: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 8:33 pm

The 2013 sustainability conference season is in full swing, starting with this week’s New Partners for Smart Growth Conference in Kansas City. After a year of devastating storms, droughts and wildfires, it’s no surprise that resilience and climate-change adaptation are reoccurring themes at many of the upcoming events.

Get out your calendar; chances are there’s a conference, forum or symposium coming to a city near you. If not, you’ll also find a variety of online training opportunities you can attend live or download for later viewing.

Here’s a run-down of some of the upcoming educational opportunities:


Making the Most of Wayfinding Systems in Your Municipality

When: Thursday, Feb. 21 beginning at 10 a.m. Pacific, 11 a.m. Mountain, noon Central, and 1 p.m. Eastern.


Cost: Free

Learn how proper signage united with effective planning creates a complete package to help visitors and residents alike navigate your streets and trails. Hear about successful multi-modal wayfinding systems and how they can be replicated in your community.

This 1-hour webinar features Laura Carstens, planning services manager for the city of Dubuque, Iowa, and Grant Hayzlett, president of National Sign Plazas, Inc., who will step you through the planning and implementation considerations when designing vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian wayfinding signs and kiosk systems.

AICP CM credit applied for.

LEED Material and Resources Webinar Series

When: Three 1-hour webinars and three 1.5-hour webinars scheduled every other week beginning Tuesday, May 14, 2013, and ending with the last class on Tuesday, July 23. Classes will begin promptly at 10 a.m. Pacific, 11 a.m. Mountain, noon Central, and 1 p.m. Eastern.


Cost: WasteCap members $600; non-members $636 (prices increase after March 15)

This course, brought to you by Sustainable City Network and presented by WasteCap Resource Solutions, is a comprehensive guide to LEED MR Credits 1-7, which will walk participants through each MR Credit, and provide:

• Detailed explanation of what the credit is and means to the user;

• Requirements which need to be met in order to obtain he credit;

• Example calculations on how to qualify results;

• Explanation of accurate documentation and reporting techniques.

Case studies will be used throughout the series to illustrate real-world applications. The interactive course will focus on four learning objectives: Understand the credit requirements and how to meet them satisfactorily to LEED standards; explore practice strategies and techniques via the use of a real-world case study; experience calculating diversion rates, tracking progress and documenting results; Earn continuing education credit and increase LEED MR Credits 1-7 knowledge and understanding.

Instructor Justin Dall'Osto is the project manager at WasteCap Resource Solutions ( He earned his bachelor’s of science degree in construction from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Some of his pertinent certifications include LEED AP BD+C, OSHA 30 hour, WasteCap Construction Waste Management AP, WasteCap Construction Waste Recycling Trainer.

Continuing education credits include 7.5 CEU's through GBCI for LEED Green Associates and AP’s and 6 CM credits through the American Planning Association's AICP program (applied for).


New Partners for Smart Growth Conference

When: Feb. 7-9

Where: Marriott Kansas City Downtown Hotel, Kansas

Register: On-site at the Kansas City Convention Center

Cost: Varies

The Midwest is searching for a path to sustainability—what it means in the context of the region, and what it will take to achieve that vision. Like other parts of the country, Midwestern states are wrestling with the challenges of defining and achieving a future that transforms low-density, car-oriented communities into healthier, more walkable and economically vibrant places to live, work and raise a family. The 12th annual New Partners conference will explore practical strategies for identifying and overcoming barriers to more sustainable development in the Midwest and the rest of the nation.

The conference will draw a national audience of local elected officials and city and county staff; state and federal agency leaders; professionals in planning, transportation, public health, landscape architecture, architecture, public works, parks and recreation, and crime prevention; realtors, developers, builders and bankers; advocates for equity and environmental justice, youth, older adults, and walking and biking; labor representatives; school leaders and staff; environmentalists; and all others committed to building safer, healthier and more livable communities everywhere.

The program will span three full days with optional pre-conference events scheduled for Wednesday, February 6th and post-conference events scheduled for Sunday February 10th. The main program will kick off on Thursday morning, February 7th, and continue through Saturday afternoon. The schedule includes a dynamic mix of plenaries, breakouts, implementation workshops, specialized trainings, peer-to-peer learning opportunities, and coordinated networking activities. It will also feature exciting tours of local model projects in and around the greater Kansas City region.

Learn from hundreds of speakers who cross disciplines to share insights, valuable tools and strategies for making smart growth a success in your community. The program will be infused with sessions and case studies focusing on important social equity and environmental justice issues.

BuildingEnergy 2013

When: March 5-7

Where: Seaport World Trade Center, Boston


Cost: Various

BuildingEnergy (BE) is the most established, most cross-disciplinary renewable energy and high-performance building conference and trade show in the northeastern United States. The flagship program of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, BE is an annual intergenerational gathering of professionals for three days of networking, accredited educational sessions, collaboration, and a high-level trade show. NESEA members drive the content from questions that come up in their professional lives – from ‘what type of heating system makes sense for this low load building’ to ‘how do we plan more resilient neighborhoods?’ It’s a place to shape a vision of a sustainable built environment and to do the whole systems thinking it will take to get there.

The conference will include a full-day workshop and six 90-minute sessions dedicated to urban resilience -- sessions with titles like “Efficiency, Durability, or History: Pick 2?” and “Planning for Resilience and Building in an Era of Climate Change: The NYC Response” -- as well as 76 additional accredited sessions and workshops on related sustainable building, energy efficiency and renewable energy topics.

BE workshops and sessions receive continuing education units from AIA, BPI, GBCI, InterNACHI, NAHB, and NARI.

2013 National Symposium on Market Transformation

When: March 24-26

Where: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, D.C.

Register: Click here.

Cost: $300-$700

Sponsored by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) the 17th annual National Symposium on Market Transformation will offer an opportunity for a diverse group of attendees to network, compare programs, learn about new MT approaches, and discuss the latest issues facing the energy efficiency and market transformation communities.

Likely participants: Policymakers; energy efficiency program implementers; local, state, and federal agency personnel; utility staff; NGOs; energy efficiency professionals; consultants; and behavioral scientists.

Programming is slated to include:

• Natural Gas: What Recent Market Trends Mean for Energy Efficiency Programs

• Untapped Opportunities: New Approaches to Accelerate Efficiency Programs

• Federal Policy Update and the Outlook for Energy Efficiency

• Using Targeted Energy Outcomes to Deliver Market Transformation

• Emissions Reductions from State Energy-Efficiency Policies and Programs

American Planning Association National Conference

When: April 13-17

Where: Hyatt Regency Chicago

Register: Click here

Cost: Varies

The expanded, five-day program at the 2013 National Planning Conference offers more learning and networking opportunities beyond the traditional sessions and workshops than ever before. Sustainability programming is slated to include:

• Sustainable Practices for Quebec City’s Riverfront

• Saving Jobs and Energy in a Changing Region

• Complete Streets Implementation

• Safe Streets, Healthy Streets

• Military Construction-Demolition Mitigation

• Inventing the Next American Economy

• It’s Getting Hot in Here

• Planning for Shrinking Cities and Neighborhoods

• Rating Your Community’s Sustainability Efforts

• Mega-Regions: Urban Form, Transportation,and Sustainability

• Planning for Climate Mitigation and Adaptation

• Cooperative Water Supply Planning

• Legal Context and Implementation of Green Infrastructure

• Best Practices in Sustainable Community Planning

• Turning Economic Development Upside Down

• Defining Rural Sustainability

• Water Management and Urban Design

• Federal Agency Plenary: Partnership for Sustainable Communities

• EPA’s Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities

• Discovering Sustainability in Existing Plans

• Sustainable River Cities

• Sustainability Metrics to Close the Gap

15th National Brownfields Conference

When: May 15-17

Where: Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta

Register: Click here

Cost: $50-$300

Co-sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), this is the largest, most comprehensive conference in the nation focused on cleaning up and redeveloping abandoned, underutilized, and potentially contaminated properties. Filled with interactive activities, the conference offers knowledge building, networking, and business development opportunities for beginners and experienced professionals.

The conference will have over 100 educational sessions delivered in an assortment of interactive formats, providing expertise on a wide range of topics to all knowledge levels. The educational program is intended to give attendees an improved understanding of the broad industry of redevelopment and to spur valuable discussion and networking. Conference organizers are currently pursuing certification of continuing educational credits for a number of professions.

The educational program is a direct result of the conference’s national call for ideas and is designed to address the important issues facing brownfields practitioners, policy makers, and communities today. This year, conference organizers distributed the sessions between seven tracks to fully address today’s most pertinent issues in the industry including; public health, waterfront properties, laws and liability, rural community needs, innovative clean-up solutions, financing projects and job creation, and engaging the community.

American Wind Energy Association Annual Expo

When: May 5-8

Where: McCormick Place, Chicago

Register: Click here

Cost: Varies

WINDPOWER is the focal point for wind professionals to network with and learn from industry leaders and experts, and to discover the latest in industry products and services.

With the extension of the Production Tax Credit (PTC), it's time to get down to business and WINDPOWER has never been more relevant to the wind energy industry than right now. Find out what new business opportunities have emerged with the recent policy backing and how this momentum can positively influence the future of your business.

• Learn business solutions to drive success through market intelligence;

• Immerse yourself in a rich environment for the exchange of ideas and strategies;

• Get valuable information about business opportunities to boost your bottom line.

American Public Works Association Sustainability 2013

When: May 13-15

Where: San Diego Sheraton Hotel & Marina

Register: Click here

Cost: Varies

Public works professionals are vital to the overall well-being of a community. Their day-to-day choices influence energy use, air and watershed quality, ecosystem and human health, climate impacts, civic life, and local prosperity.

At this conference, public works and sustainable infrastructure leaders will join together to share solutions and strategize for the future. Programming is slated to include:

• Implementing a New LID Drainage Manual: What Have We Learned?

• Sustainability Fueling Phoenix’s Past, Present, and Future

• Certified, Silver, or Gold - How to Navigate the Various Waters of the Sustainability Certification Programs

• Six Steps to Your Sustainable Flood Fight Success Story

• Sustainable Transportation Practices - Can They Really Save Money?

• Implementing Sustainability - An Operational Perspective

• Solar Power Purchase Agreements: The “Almost” Free Lunch

• Using Envision to Advance the Practice of Sustainable Design and Construction

• Coastal Engineering for Climate Change

• Green Streets and Porous Pavement: Lessons for Sustainability, Savings, and Success

• How to Fund Solar Projects with Energy Conservation Measures

• Practical Steps in Pursuit of Sustainability Milwaukee County Steps Forward

• A Carbon Neutral Alternative for Local Government - The Saanich Carbon Funds

• Public Works Sustainability Camp – “Right-This-Minute” Topics

• Steps Towards Sustainability

• Sustainable Post-Disaster Recovery

• Achieving Wastewater Treatment Plant Sustainability Goals Using Envision

• Sustainable ROI: Making the Business Case for Sustainability

• Urban Park Network as Infrastructure for Community Health

• Assessing Vulnerabilities of Infrastructure to Climate Change

• How a Wastewater District is Saving Money with Solar Power

• Zeroing in on Sustainability - How to Create a Strategy for Sustainable Municipal Operations

• Eco-Friendly and Cost Saving Initiatives in Public Works Field Operations

• Making Financial and Environmental Sustainability the Focus for WWTP Improvements

• Measuring Success: Community Sustainability Report Card Models

• From Impacts to Education: How Charleston County Revolutionized Mitigation Efforts in South Carolina

• Integrated Resources Plan Implementation....6 years later

• Optimizing Performance and Integrating Sustainability into Transportation

• The Road to Net Zero

• Comparison of Transportation Sustainability Rating Systems

• North Park San Diego: From Historic Neighborhood to Sustainable Community

• Participation in the City’s Sustainability Plan – Politics, Commitment, and Pitfalls

7th Annual ACEEE Energy Efficiency Finance Forum

When: May 13-15

Where: The Drake Hotel, Chicago

Register: Opens Feb. 18 

Designed specifically for investors, financiers, utilities, and policymakers, the Energy Efficiency Finance Forum explores the latest opportunities in financing and investing in energy efficiency.

This year's conference will be chaired by Joel Freehling of Shaw Environmental & Infrastructure Group and Bruce Schlein, of Citigroup, and will feature speakers from a variety of sectors and industries presenting on topics including:

Recent developments with innovative financing mechanisms such as PACE and on-bill financing; insights into the financial regulatory landscape; opportunities for financing energy-efficient infrastructure; combating split incentives in multi-tenant markets; data-driven asset valuation, and more.



Sustainable City Network and the City of Dubuque, Iowa will host the sixth annual Growing Sustainable Communities Conference - Midwestern Region Sept. 24-25 at the Grand River Center in Dubuque, immediately preceding the Iowa League of Cities Annual Conference & Exhibit, also at the center. Click here to submit an application to present at the conference.

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